Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Canadian Tax Federation's Love-In With Moncton Times

The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation, despite its democratic sounding title, is another of those propaganda outfitls for the rich in Canada - like the Fraser Institute, Aims, and the rest, all the ones who want you to think they're on your side; so when it sends an article in, The Moncton Times wets its pants in excitement, and puts it right on the editorial page itself - along with a kiss-up editorial. (Say what you like. The people who run The Times know where their paycheques are coming from.)

The big pitch here is that we have to reduce the debt; and there are two ways to do that. One would be to raise taxes. The other would be to cut services. The Times and The Canadian Taxpayers' Federation are in favour of cutting services. Of course. We have our children in under-maintaned and even dangerous schools because we have been underfunding education even before the economic crisis. But that's where some of the cuts will have to come from. We have the elderly to care for. We  have families that work hard, but still live in poverty. Tough. We'll have to cut programmes for thrm.

We have people don't work nearly as hard as minimum wage workers, but make many times higher salaries, people who don't have to worry dangerous schools or poverty, or heating bills or malnutrition. The names Ganong and Thibaudeault spring to mind - you know - the economic summit boys.

Now, what we have is a tax system that undertaxes the rich and corporations. It also does them substantial favours that the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation seems not to notice. Meanwhile, the poor and th middle classes pay taxes that are high, though often hidden. Provincial lotteries are a ttax, deliberately aimed at the poor. So is the casino. So are sales taxes. So are education fund-raisers.

The rich don't give a damn about the rest of us. That's why they could drool over the prospect of a new, 80  plus million dollar hockey arena, but can't find the money to maintain public schools.

Forget the nonsense about how if we tax corporations, they'll get made at us and leave and we'll all be poor. Corporations are not here to give out money. They're here to take it out. You get some of it. Just a little bit.
The myth is that if you keep taxes low, the rich will create ever more more, and we'll all ge more and more prosperous.

It's theory that flies in the face of long experience. If cutting taxes for the rich created prosperity, then New Brunswick would make any oil emirate look like a slum. Haiti is a nearby example of a country where business has paid huge profits to the owners for a century, but has left most of the Haitians in wretched condition.
Not raising taxes on corporations or the rich simply gives them more to take away, and less for us to spend on what New Brunswick needs. That's what we're watching in the US. Banks have been loaned vast sums of money. They're used it to give huge bonusses to each other and to shareholders. But not mot much has made its way down to the taxpayers.

Of course not, corporations and the rich can then spend it wherever they want to. It's possible that not a penny would get back.

Meanwhile, most money spent by government does stay here (though, alas, much of it goes to the rich and corporations who are friends of the government.)

The Canadian Taxpayer's Federation likes to pretend it's there to help you. It isn't. Neither is the Moncton Times @ Transcript.

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